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RIDE TO CHANGE_Social Movement

RIDE TO CHANGE_Social Movement

Through an 18,000 km trip by bicycle across Latin America 'Ride to change' intends to be a platform that connects different groups of students, organizations, private companies and public institutions to create synergies that contribute to The Change. The change in the way we interact with our environment and those around us. Ride to change your life / your city / our world.

Ride to change consists of a trip across Latin America on a bicycle. More than 18,000 km / 14 countries. Workshops will be created in collaboration with universities in order to study and propose non-motorized mobility plans throughout the tour. The initiative of creating routes free of cars will also be promoted in these places with the help of bike friendly organizations and specialists from different disciplines.
Ride to change is a project born from curiosity and the passion for riding a bicycle, as well as the certainty that this element can transform the way in which people relate to the environment. Understanding the importance of this item in the near decades will mean understanding how our cities will be like in the future.
Goals of the trip
What?
- Making a trip across Latin America on a bicycle
Studying and proposing mobility projects for bicycles in different towns and villages. It will be possible thanks to universities by generating workshops with the students of each city. In cities where these plans already exist the way to optimize and connect the existing cycle lanes will be assessed.
Promoting and encouraging the creation of Recreational Cycle Lanes (car-free days) in different places, inspired by the models in Guadalajara (Mexico) and Bogota (Colombia).
Supporting and promoting activities with bike friendly organizations in order to raise awareness and to convince the different governmental institutions of the advantages this element provides to society.
Establishing contact with experts in the areas of Urban Planning, Architecture, Urban Mobility and Sociology so that they can work together with universities and provide their knowledge, experience and advice.

What for?
To unify efforts and to link university students and experts in the different disciplines together with bike friendly organizations. The union of different people with different backgrounds will generate a stronger case in order to convince governmental institutions of the importance and usefulness of these initiatives.
Because people need to know about other ways of relating to the city; a new way in which users will feel safe and protected
Because now it is the time to develop an initiative like this

Where?
Brazil - Uruguay - Argentina - Chile - Bolivia - Peru - Ecuador - Colombia - Panama - Costa Rica - Nicaragua - Honduras - Guatemala – Mexico

I believe that the inclusion of the bicycle in a city is just the tip of the iceberg. Once these alternative means of transport have been incorporated into the cities the next step will be to improve the infrastructure of public transport, reduce the amount of cars and improve the quality of public spaces. In this way cities will evolve rapidly towards a more sustainable, civic and participatory world. The aim is also to obtain more fun, safe and vibrant cities that citizens will be able to enjoy.
Ride to change grows and focuses on the Latin American context. There is plenty of work to be done in the region since it accumulates many shortages in infrastructure, road-safety education, low security for users and lack of initiatives.
I have had the chance of living for some time in Guadalajara (Mexico) and I have enjoyed its recreational cycle lanes (Vía Recreativa). Every Sunday the main streets of the city are transformed into a linear park where people can walk and use public spaces as well as enjoy sports, recreational, cultural and social activities. The car traffic is stopped in these streets so that people can ride their bicycles, skateboards, scooters or just go for a walk in order to improve coexistence, communication and cohesion of society. Guadalajara becomes a festival of sports, culture and recreation every Sunday from 08:00 to 14:00.

I think this is a great way for people to interact with their city in a different way through their bicycles. It is also a good way of introducing the positive connotations of this wonderful tool into the global consciousness of the society.

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Mario Paredes Otálora
Gavà, Barcelona, Spain

Category: Advocacy and Social Projects

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